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THE INCHCAPE ROCK.*-Southey.
No stir in the air, no stir in the sea,
Reel, the bottom of a
ship. 5 Without either sign or sound of their shock,
The waves flowed over the Inchcape Rock;
Abbot, head of an
abbey. 10 Had placed that bell on the Inchcape Rock ;
Buoy, a floating cask When the rock was hid by the surge's* swell, fastened by a rope or
or piece of wood, The mariners* heard the warning bell ; chain, to mark dan15 And then they knew the perilous* rock,
gerous places, or the
position of a ship's And blest the Abbot of Aberbrothok.
Surge, the swell or The sun in heaven was shining gay,
rise of the sea.
Mariner, a seaman
. 20 And there was joyance* in the sound.
Deck, the floor or cop.
ering of a ship. 25 He felt the cheering power of spring,
It made him whistle, it made him sing;
pirate, a wanderer.
Float, the raft His eye was on the Inchcape float ;*,
which the bell was 30 Quoth* he; "My men, put out the boat, fastened. And row me to the Inchcape Rock,
Plague, to tease or And I'll plague* the abbot of Aberbrothok.”
annoy, to vex.
* The Inchcape, or Bell Rock, is fourteen miles east of the entrance to the Firth of Tay, and is the site of a celebrated lighthouse, built by Robert Stevenson in 1807-10.
Gurgling, making an irregular sound, as water does when flowing from a bottle.
Scour, to travel from
The boat is lower'd, the boatmen row,
Dawn, the light given
Knell, the sound of a bell rung at a person's death or funeral,
LUCY GRAY.- Wordsworth.
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (1770-1850), a great English poet, was born at Cocker. mouth in Cumberland. He was educated at Cambridge. On the death of Southey in 1843, he was made Poet-Laureate. Chief poems: The Excursion, Lyricai Ballads, White Doe of Rylstone, and a very fine collection of Sonnets. OFT I had heard of Lucy Gray:*
Lucy Gray: the inci. And, when I crossed the wild, *
dent on which this
poem is founded took I chanced to see, at break of day,
place near Halifax in The solitary * child.
and uncultivated 5 No mate, no comrade * Lucy knew;
land. She dwelt on a wide moor, *
Solitary, alone, with
out company. The sweetest thing that ever grew
Comrade, friend, com-
waste covered with You yet may spy the fawn * at play,
heath, Іо The hare upon the green:
Fawn, the young of But the sweet face of Lucy Gray,
a deer. Will never more be seen.
THE UNIVERSAL PRAYER. — Pope. ALEXANDER POPE (1688-1744), the greatest poet of his time. His literary career began at the age of sixteen, when he published the Pastorals. His poems are characterised by a gracefulness of versification that is unequalled. Chief poems: Rape of the Lock, Essay on Man, Moral Epistles, The Dunciad, and translations of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey.
FATHER of all ! in every age,
Clime, climate, coun:
Sage, a wise man. Jehovah, Jove, or Lord I 5 Thou Great First Cause, least understood,
Who all my sense confined,
And that myself am blind ;
To see the good from ill;
Left free the human will:
Conscience, the power within us which helps us to know the difference between right and wrong.
Bounty, goodness in bestowing gifts.
What conscience * dictates to be done,
Or warns me not to do;
That, more than heaven pursue.
Let me not cast away ;
To enjoy is to obey.
Thy goodness let me bound,
When thousand worlds are round.
Still in the right to stay ;
Or impious * discontent,
Or aught Thy goodness lent.
Contracted span, narrow limits; the goodness of God extends to all things created, and not to this world alone.
Impart, to give
Impious, not pious, irreverent, wanting in veneration
and respect for God.